Another trip north for Bay before finally returning home

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WHITLEY Bay travel north again this Saturday for another local derby when they face Bedlington Terriers at Welfare Park.

The sides met twice in a week at Hillheads back in August, the Terriers winning 3-0 in the FA Cup before Whitley earned a 1-0 victory in a league game seven days later.

Bay are currently fourth in the table, one place and one point ahead of the Terriers, but crucially, the Hillheds outfit have five games in hand on their rivals

After a dip in form, Bedlington have lost only once in their last six games and this will not be an easy game for Ian Chandler’s side, who will once again be without defender Chris Reid.

Good news for Whitley’s home fans is that on Tuesday evening, the team are due to be back in action at Hillheads for only the second time since mid-December when they take on Carlisle-based Celtic Nation (7.45pm kick -off).

The Cumbrians were promoted to the first division this season under their former name Gillford Park and are currently lying in mid-table.

The only previous meeting between the teams was in a League Cup tie at Hillheads three years ago when Whitley were comfortable 4-0 winners.

Whitley officials are hoping that home fans starved of first team action in recent weeks will turn out in good numbers to support their team in the midweek fixture.